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Michael Steele Has Been 'a Disaster' for GOP, Says Strategist Ed Rollins

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Republican strategist Ed Rollins on Sunday called RNC Chairman Michael Steele's stewardship of the party "a disaster," saying he has "failed miserably to do the things you're supposed to do: raise money, basically go out and articulate a message."

Rollins, who served as national campaign director for Ronald Reagan's 1984 bid and as a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, made his comments Sunday on "Face the Nation." With the midterm elections bearing down, Rollins said, "what [Steele] says or does in the next 11 weeks is not going to matter" on Election Day, because other party leaders have "picked up the mantle and are raising the resources that we need."

Program host Bob Schieffer noted that Steele was unwilling to come on the show because "he's so immersed in controversy that he's . . . kind of in a bunker these days."

The Republican National Committee has seen more than its share of controversy under Steele, including failing to report more than $7 million in debt to federal election officials this year, and questions about its fundraising practices, most embarrassingly an expense report for credit card charges from a strip club in West Hollywood last February.

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George & Nancy

Each and every one of you cough over $120K. That is your portion of the debt.

August 16 2010 at 4:31 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
efleishman

this is the only country in the world where unemployed right wingers believe it is unpatriotic to expect help from their government.somehow right wing media has convinced them that the lack of a job is their fault, that somehow lthe inability
to achieve economic stability lies in their own laziness and lack of ambition.
do they know that Hannity's bosses are really Arabs? Check it out. See who owns Fox news. In today's news releases.

August 16 2010 at 3:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dccwest

Steele is doing all he can. He's telling the truth: That the GOP wants to return to Bush Economics.

August 16 2010 at 1:32 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Bob Fitz

Steele is the Repub answer to Dem Obama. In my opinion he is a token in the current milieu hypocritical 'racism' that is not expressed in truth. I believe Obama will not seek another term as Prez. The neocons have devastated him and his agenda on behalf of the party. Alas, I believe 'white' people and some black people have lost faith in his ability to effect the change every one so desired. Instead the reality will be a possible win for the 'conservative' party at their peril in the long run. Any win will be Pyrrhic in nature and absolutely no win for the country at large. The wedge of discontent and willed failure by the Repubs has scarred the politics and scared the people beyond redemption. What a shame!!

August 16 2010 at 12:54 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
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efleishman

he will run and he will win. by that time, unemployment will be so high, no conservatives will have a chance with their no policy positions. lots of slogans, lots of hate, lots of fear....but not one solid idea for the improvement of people's lives.

August 16 2010 at 3:26 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
fworfe

Whether Democrat, Republican or Independent, we all know that our country needs a healthy, viable and reasonably trustworthy two-party system. The Democrats at the moment are not over-qualified, but at least they seem to be desperately trying to improve. The Republicans are in such a mess that their qualifications can't be measured, which Mr. Ed Rollins seems to be saying in so many other words. I'm an Independent---which of course gives me license to snipe at both sides, and accept responsibility for little---, and I suspect the ranks of Independents will be growing, and as election days approach, we'll be leaning more and more toward the Democrats. If the Democrats don't mess it all up!

August 16 2010 at 12:13 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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pgbrooke

I agree. Since 2008 it appears that all the GOP can do is react, rather than lead. Steele is a reaction to Obama. Palin, a reaction to Hillary. Tea Partiers, a reaction to no message. Congressional failures, a reaction to a total lack of ideas.

August 16 2010 at 2:56 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ernestvalerius

Moderates remain mute as the "Party of Principles" is prostituted for political gain. Their leaders are afraid to take a principled stand on the issues of property ownership, individual rights, and religious freedom. To mask this cowardice, these demagogues engage in an incessant "fear and smear" campaign against American ideals while the rank and file blindly march toward thier party's demise.

August 16 2010 at 3:53 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
BUFFALO

I always hear the left call Rush the head of the party maybe he will take the position? I am sure he knows how to rasie money and get a message out.
All joking aside I think Michael has not done a bad job at all and after the next election they may just change there minds about Mr Steele.

August 16 2010 at 12:11 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
fworfe

Mr. Ed Rollins' declaration is a shabby attempt at defending the indefensible. The GOP, at least in part, gave Michael Steele that job in the first place to affirm their big tent claim, to draw a few votes from minorities. It was as ill-advised as it was a sham. If it succeeded, they could applaud; if it failed, they've made their point anyway. As is the case with a number of Republican strategies, it continues to backfire. The truth is that the GOP has been so disingenuous for such a long time, and have such a load of clutter and baggage that they would have to start all over from ground zero to build a trustworthy camp. Yes, the firing of Michael Steele might help some, but Steele is their own creation, and regardless what they do, they'll still look like confused and stodgy right-wingers who have no idea where they're going until Coulter, Hannity and Limbaugh tells them.

August 16 2010 at 11:54 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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chryda

I agree

August 16 2010 at 1:50 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
wolfsonnydiane

i agree and boy its sure a shame what happened to republicans they went from a strong moral party to a party full of hate mongers, bigots, outright liers , hippocrits , and greedy peaple. And what is their solution for all the problems they created TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY

August 16 2010 at 3:51 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
wadesidem

Give mike steele at chance.

August 16 2010 at 11:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Margo

This is exactly what I see as the Far Right attack on moderate Republicans, like MIchael Steele. He has faced this attack ever since he took over the position. He has taken a stand against these attacks and remains in his position. The Republican Party must get rid of the fanatics who have taken over the Republican Party, and allow the Party to mend. Ed Rollins needs to find another job, or start his own Far Right Party.

August 16 2010 at 10:49 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
flkewlkid00

steele is too intelligent and not radical enough for what the gop has become.anyone who agrees with our president whether it be good or bad for the country is branded an infidel by the extremists who have kidnapped the gop.

August 16 2010 at 9:22 AM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
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mojobujak

and the moderate democrats are ???

August 16 2010 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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